Graceling by Kristin Cashore is an excellent fantasy adventure.
Graceling tells the story of Katsa. A girl Graced with fighting. She acts as her Uncle--King Randa's--thug. However, she's grown discontent with her role. She's ready to rebel. Enter Prince Greenling, another Graceling, who is searching for his missing Grandfather and the reason behind the kidnapping.
I've had this on my TBR for awhile, and I finally got the impetus to read it because Cashore is doing a talk about dystopias that I'm really excited to go to next week. I figured I should read something of hers before I met her. And I'm so glad I finally did it!
Graceling started a little bit slow for me. It's actually got a lot of action from the beginning, but for some reason, it took me about 175 pages or so to connect with the stories and the characters. And then I burned through the rest of it.
Cashore managed to write a killer who had a hard time connecting to others who was still relateable. And although I wanted more from the ending, I was pleased with the outcome.
I would recommend this to any fantasy lover (especially people who enjoy strong female main characters).